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Ponderosa Motor Inn
1206 Trans-canada Highway, Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H0, Canada   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #11 of 18 Hotels in Golden
Courtenay, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“beware first impressions”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We didn't find out the hot tub was out of order until after check in. Could not contact the on-site manager at midnight about the loud drunk two doors down and had to contact the police directly. When we talked to the manager the next morning about the terrible night we had to endure, they said it was too bad and to take any complaints to the rcmp. Would not give us the contact for the owner who they said lived in India. Stay away from this dump.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My family's car broke down on a trip from Salmon Arm to Toronto. The management not only gave us a break on the room they went out of their to contact the local Uhaul dealer to see if he could come back to help us! They also let us stay after check out time at 11AM till after 3PM until our car was fixed. Amazing help when you are already facing an expensive trip.Thank you for all your help.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We found the staff unfriendly at this place when we checked in. Room was very dark and rather uninviting but we must have been very tired since we nearly slept past check-out time. The person on duty that morning allowed us to stay another half hour but we ended up not needing it.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I don't understand how this inn received so many very goods. It's not good. They say to not judge a book by its cover but do for this inn. What you see is what you get. I'm staying here because of a bus tour, not my choice. The inn is basic, I feel like we went in a time warp. This place had not changed since the eighties. Bed is alright. Shower could be better, I was able to take a hot shower. I usually don't use the top blanket in hotels and I wouldn't recommend it. But the blanket underneath isn't even a blanket, it looks like foam!

I am pretty sure the place was expensive. Went to the husky supermarket and one banana was $1. I live in ny and that is outrageous.

The good thing is they have bed protection for bedbugs.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Apache Junction, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Debra and Thomas were the BEST! They showed you they cared and gave their undivided attention to our needs. Although the motel was near the TransCanada, the sound of traffic was minimal and the room was clean. If you want to feel at home, this is certainly the place to be! Thankyou again Deb and Thomas...you made the place feel comfortable. The only qualm is that a new ice machine which produces great ice would be welcomed out of the office so guests can use it when the doors are locked.
The name of the game is sleep.....really good mattresses help this happen. l hope the owners read this.

Room Tip: Top floor on TransCanada side are noisier than front facing rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Williams Lake, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I have to say my overall experience was great even though I was stuck in Golden overnight due to some troubles with a trailer I was hauling....Debra at the Pondersa Motel Inn was very helpful!! She made me and my kids feel at home and the service was excellent!! I reccomend anyone to stay there!! I always stay at this motel anytime I am in Golden....

Room Tip: I stayed in room 116, it was very clean and this motel is also pet friendly!!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Queenstown, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed here whilst skiing and snowboarding at Kicking horse mountain resort and it was only $90 inc tax for a MASSIVE , very clean and extremely friendly service was a bonus. Great simply breakfast, hot tub and for 2 people you really could not do any better than this place! Very Spacious and great location. The bed was the most comfortable Ive ever slept on in a Motel and also smelt fresh.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ponderosa Motor Inn

Address: 1206 Trans-canada Highway, Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Golden
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 18 Hotels in Golden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 83
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